The Imperial Russian Air Service 1914-17

1. Maurice Farman MF11
Imperial Russian Navy, Baltic Sea Fleet, March 1916. Piloted by Mikhail Safonov. Pale Grey overall with Natural Wood struts and cockpit underside. Roundels are (from outside) Red, Blue and White and are on both sides of upper wing. Cross is Blue on White.

2. Henri Farman HF20
Imperial Russian Air Service, Winter 1915. Nacelle is finished in Pale Grey, wings are Clear Doped Linen. All struts are Natural Wood. Roundels are (from outside) Red, Blue and White and appear in six positions (Rudder and both surfaces of upper wing).

3. Henri Farman HF20
Imperial Russian Air Service. Colour scheme as aircraft 2, but some struts are bound in Clear Doped Linen. Roundels are (from outside) White, Red, White, Blue and White (positions as above). The number 2 on the rudder is Black.

4. Nieuport 12
Imperial Russian Air Service, No. N 1043, 3rd Corps Detachment, Autumn 1916. Piloted by Shiukov. Finished in Drab Brown and Green on fuselage and upper wing surfaces. Undersurfaces were Plain Linen. Cowling, centre section struts and undercarriage struts were Natural Metal. Other struts were Natural Wood. Roundels are (from outside) Red, Blue and White and appear on all wing undersurfaces).

These illustrations appeared in Issue 2 of Insignia Magazine.

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